Monday, June 01, 2009

The pains of a sub editor

In a bid to put bread and butter on my table---and that of family and some friends, I try to make sense of stories. Going by the label sub editor, I am tasked to make stories comprehensible and sensible before they get to our much-beloved readers. That should not be a tough call--but look below and see how some people make me earn my bread. This is a raw copy of a story that was supposed to get to you, our beloved reader;


Congolese women using coca cola for quire private parts pains.

BY xxxxxxxxxxxx.

The staving Congolese women in Moroto Municipality have taken advantage of using coca cola soda for quire private’s parts pains after sex business.

More than 70 Congolese women earlier this month were chest away from the Barracks by the authorities from Moroto Division Barracks where they were staying with their husbands.

The Congolese women brought by the UPDF soldiers from Congo has their wives are stranded in Moroto municipality without any food supplies and they have turned into sex business for survives in the municipality of moroto.

“Although we are stranded but we shall not die because we have made friends in the municipality we only relying with any person who comes and buy for us Beer and eating other issues later,” they said.

Two Congolese women Albonda shalani and Landombo Rashal among others who stay in Narwosi slam area Moroto municipality yesterday revealed to daily monitor that most of their colleagues have got contract of sleeping with 7 men per night “in case of private pains they buy coca cola soda for quire the pain” Ms Albonda said.

The acting CAO incharg for Bokora Koriang Timothy moroto district said. I think there is need for emergency research on how to help these Congolese women so that they should not spoil the name of moroto municipality,” he said.

He said the government of Uganda has given every foreigner of staying in Uganda “we need to cooperate UPDF and the district on how to help these women” he said. END

6 comments:

Princess said...

Wtf! I could barely get through the first three lines! My apologies, Mr. sub-editor, sir.

The Dark Knight said...

And to think I had beef for you guys for letting some bad stuff slip through.

Tis a sad life, that. Kudos though.

Sleek said...

you really have you work cut out..i think you guys have no lunch breaks; js time off to take some panadol and get back to work...quire is for 'cure' right?

wesonga said...

It is a tough job, copy editing.

Did the reporter send a hard copy, or e-mailed it? If he or she used a computer, it would have 'questioned' their grammar.

Of course, even computers may sometimes offer wrong choices - depending on where they were manufactured - but still they help such challenged reporters.

And, would it be better if all the stories are well-written so that all a copy editor has to do is to read? Think about it.

I think it would be more boring. The contrasts - good and bad - make work interesting. Read something about the Sword of Damocles?

wesonga said...

It is a tough job, copy editing.

Did the reporter send a hard copy, or e-mailed it? If he or she used a computer, it would have 'questioned' their grammar.

Of course, even computers may sometimes offer wrong choices - depending on where they were manufactured - but still they help such challenged reporters.

And, would it be better if all the stories are well-written so that all a copy editor has to do is to read? Think about it.

I think it would be more boring. The contrasts - good and bad - make work interesting. Read something about the Sword of Damocles?

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